FroshMemo Archived Issue 20 Spring 21

Hello Gators and welcome to your fourth week of the NSP FroshMemo!

Checking our weekly memos can be a great routine to get in the habit of building as our issues serve as an excellent resource for keeping up on all activities, events, and information San Francisco State University related.  As you adjust to your academic schedule and classes for this semester, we encourage our Gators to compile the dates and deadlines, events, and any other helpful information into a space where it will not be forgotten.  Additionally, attending any of the mentioned in our memos is a great way of enriching a college experience that often lacks the social interaction we are accustomed to!  


FroshMemo Issue 20 Spring 21

As an SFSU Student you will have access to Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).

They wish to make sure your learning experience is purely an intellectual one and to take care of your psychological needs.

The CAPS department has a website of all their resources available, ranging towards community health, chat lines, substance abuse, and treatment recovery, and more.

If you would like to make a counseling appointment call (415) 338-2208 and specify which treatment you would like to get. Due to the pandemic, it will be a Telehealth appointment.

CAPS also offers virtual groups like body positivity, LGBTQ drop-ins, etc., and virtual workshops on managing stress, breaking free from anxiety, etc. Register on which week works for you.

CAPS has the SAFE PLACE. The SAFE PLACE is a survivor trauma-based program. They will offer confidential services for survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual harassment (sexual violence) while working with campus partners to end sexual violence.


With quarantine rendering us all homebodies, we’ve had to make drastic changes to the area in which we perceive as work and that which we perceive as our personal space, nowadays the two often blending together.  With this being said, it is essential to facilitate a personal/work space at home that is ideal for our mentals as well as will benefit us throughout the course of this semester, here are some personal tips on how to do so!  


Keep Personal/Work Space Cleanly:

Before even investing in or finding objects/instruments that will improve the area that we are actively confined to, it is absolutely essential to make sure this area is both clean and organized.  Mentally, consistently investing time in ensuring our workspace is clean and properly arranged to our liking allows the stress that would accumulate with a messy workspace to diminish entirely or cease to exist, allowing us to effectively sort through necessary items/material in the space and overall keeps us on top of our game!  Maintaining the integrity of this space by setting aside time to actively clean and adjust things to your liking is also a great way of building personal discipline all while providing oneself with a sense of accomplishment.  


Invest in Some Plants:

A great way to liven up the area in which we commonly reside is through the addition of some plants or flowers!  No matter the size, shape, or type, the introduction of plants to your personal space is a great way to give life to the surrounding environment.  Additionally, plants are often low-maintenance and provide a perfect opportunity to have something in your space you can actively monitor and tend to, providing a quick break from the stress of our everyday studies.  Plants are often said to aid in cleaning the air in which they surround, which is said to help facilitate better sleeping patterns for owners!  


Something to Motivate!:

Personally, one aspect of my personal space that I cherish over almost any other is that of a daily “mood-board” I placed in my room.  This space can be filled with motivational quotes, daily goals, responsibilities, upcoming events to remember or key dates, and pretty much just about anything else.  The key of implementing this into your space is to give you something to actively look at to provide inspiration, or simply a little reminder that you can do it, whatever it may be!  Upon adding this to my space, I have found that I am more likely to remember key times and due dates, I’m likely to feel more inspired by the content of quotes and goals that I place on the board, and overall I feel more organized and prepared for the day!


Honorable Mentions: 

Lights for your space (LEDs, etc)

A comfortable chair

Posters/Place for pics of your favorite memories!


Air-filtration devices


Desk lamp/light

Proper food tray 


As the semester goes underway, you may be feeling overwhelmed as classwork piles up, let's make sure you are not hungry as you give way to stress!!

A classic snack to munch on would be rice cakes. You can find them at any grocery store, they are not that expensive. My favorite thing to do is to spread peanut butter on them! It makes it better while I try desperately not to fall behind on my classwork.

Another favorite would be yogurt, especially the Yoplait Strawberry Yogurt. Eating it right after taking it out of the fridge gives my overheated brain from cramming everything, a break.

Cereal is also a destresser. Eating a soggy bowl of Fruity Pebbles makes me reminisce of elementary school days when the hardest lesson was remembering the 9s time's table and not integrals and antiderivatives.

Anything covered in chocolate is fair game. Almonds, pretzels, M&Ms. I'm not going to lie and say dark chocolate is better, anything to provide you joy from classwork will work.

That's all I got for my favorite snacks! Wish me luck on the rest of the semester!


Alli, Alli, Alli,


I must be Time (magazine) ‘cause I have ISSUES. Since my whole life is now online, everything melds together. How do I manage my time?


Your Fellow Gator,

Tye Red


Tye, Tye, Tye,


My, oh, my! Time is definitely of the essence, so here’s a brief list of methods that you can use to manage your time:

  • Utilize a physical*/digital planner
  • Map out dates instead of using it as a paperweight
  • Complete tasks immediately
  • “Later” is NOW
  • Use the Pomodoro Technique
    • A little structure never hurt anyone
  • Say “NO”
  • Sometimes, you have to close old doors, so you can open new ones


See ya later, Gator!




P.S. Do YOU have questions without answers? Ask Alli by filling out this form!

Important Dates and Deadlines

Saturday, February 13-Monday, April 19

Withdrawal from Classes or University (For Compelling Reasons)

Friday, February 19


Monday, March 22 - 25 Friday, March 26

Spring ‘21 Spring Recess

Wednesday, March 31

Cesar Chavez Day / No Instruction

Tuesday, April 20 - Friday, May 14

Withdrawal from Class/University (By Exception) 

Friday, May 14

Last Day of Instruction


Featured Events

Meet someone new at SFSU and correspond with them via email throughout the semester! Tell us about yourself in the Google Form. 

RSVP by February 15th:

We’ll show you how to take the stress out of meal prepping by getting familiar and creative with food. Plus, we’ll share our favorite cooking tips & tricks to help save time in the kitchen! Learn money-saving tips and tricks to help you create a food budget and meal plan that works for you. Eating balanced and tasty meals is possible within any budget and we’ll show you how!


Paint your roots! Partnering with Bayani Arts to teach our community!


Read The Purpose of Power by SFSU alumnae and #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Alicia Garza with the Black Unity Center and the First-Year Experience. We will meet every Friday, 12 - 1 from February 19 - April 9th. This will be facilitated by Tarshel Beards, Black Unity Center Director, and Makaela Mabrey, First-Year Experience Peer Mentor. The book will be provided to students. All students are welcome. 

RSVP by Thursday February 18th:

Is dating and romance over in the COVID-19 era? Absolutely not! Join us in observance of Dating Violence & Stalking Awareness Month, as we discuss ways to explore the world of dating while keeping yourself and others safe. Learn helpful tips in navigating online dating apps, sexting, and things to consider should you decide to meet someone new. Hosted by Health Promotion & Wellness.


This Latinx open-gater event; welcomes all students, staff, and faculty regardless of race or ethnicity, will feature three outstanding panelists;  Dr. Yolanda Gamboa, Dr.Vivian Chávez, and Dr. Leticia Márquez-Magaña who will be joining us to share their background and academic trajectory along with their knowledge on health disparities, mental health during COVID-19 and overcoming the disparities associated with the pandemic in the Latinx community using ancestral knowledges. 


Join us to get to know our guest speaker Rebecca Liu and learn about consulting as a career!  After years of working with PwC and Salesforce, Rebecca has co-founded her own consulting firm, Helium Consulting focused on making consulting more accessible to underrepresented people with diverse backgrounds.


Welcome to Cru, an organization passionate about connecting people to Jesus Christ. Looking for a community of believers? Have questions about life and God? Just interested in learning what we are all about? Please join our weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 8pm! We frequently have a variety of unique guest speakers and frequently host game nights to get to know one another.


Join us on Thursday, February 18th, 6-7 pm for our FYE Valentine's Day themed painting session while practicing self love! Come hangout for an evening of stress relieving painting, all with the focus of loving yourself! Meet other students and engage in healthy conversations about the importance of self love and care while having a relaxed creativity inducing painting session. RSVP at Questions or Accommodations? Email


In honor of Black history month, we are showcasing the art of Black artists within and outside the SFSU community. Please take some time to see their amazing work in our virtual art gallery space.


Join us for day one of Recruitment! To gain access to our zoom link please register for recruitment using the google forms link below! We look forward to meeting you!…



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Spotlight Gator

David Ye (he/him/his)

Class Standing: Freshman

From: Born and raised in Hong Kong, moved to East Bay

Major: Political Science & Journalism (Print and Online)

Club/Organization: Gator Meetups Discord Club, Anime FX, International Relations Student Association (IRSA)

Gator Meetups Discord Club aims to create a friendly community for anyone that is interested in making new friendships. The club aims to facilitate welcoming vibes by planning events outside of club meetings and host physical club meetings once large social gatherings are acceptable without running a risk of contracting Covid-19. However, for now, we plan to host online weekly meetings through Discord and plan online events via Discord. They can be contacted through & on Instagram @sfsumeetups.

Why did you choose SFSU?: I chose SFSU because when someone from the school came to my high school to speak, they mentioned on the offhand that there was a massage parlor on campus. That's pretty much it. 

Was SFSU your first choice and why?: I kind of can't answer that. I didn't care much about college during my senior year of HS, but I originally wanted to transfer to a UC after 2 years at a community college. Unfortunately, my parents wouldn't let me attend a CC because of social stigma, despite the fact that I'd ultimately end up at a UC, but I was drawn to SF State because of the city. In some ways, I guess SFSU was my first choice because it was the one I wanted to attend the most.

What has been your biggest roadblock?: The biggest roadblock I've faced this semester is being tired during my first class of the week, which happens to be marine biology at 8 am. I make sure I wake up early by sleeping early and setting an alarm 30 minutes before I have class so I can trick my brain into thinking I'm starting the day by brushing my teeth, eating breakfast and all that, so that I can stay awake for the lecture. I also have a cup of hot tea with me to help me stay awake if I get drowsy during the lecture.

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SFSU Fact of the Week!

Do you know what well-known piece of furniture came from SFSU?

Over 45 years ago at SFSU, for his master’s thesis project, Charles Hall invented the waterbed. He strived to create furniture that would provide full comfort to people without cutting off their circulation. Before he came to this remarkable invention he had various trials where he filled a chair with corn starch, and then with a Jello filling. Finally, he decided to form water into the shape of a bed coming up with the famous invention - the waterbed.


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The First-Year Experience Peer Mentor program provides support available to all first-year students at SFSU! Attend the events & study circles that peer mentors hold every week to meet other first-year students & integrate into the community at SFSU. You can also get individualized support by meeting with a peer mentor.

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The New Student Help Desk is open five days a week, Monday - Friday from 10 am-12 pm & 1 pm-2 pm every week! A GatorMentor is always there to answer any pressing questions you may have. The Help Desk is available for reservations Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 4 pm. If you would like to make a reservation, please email your assigned Gator Mentor directly, and they will assist you in setting up a reservation. Don't have a Gator Mentor? Email us at